Skis Features and Characteristics
This is the change in width from tip to
waist to tail end, making an hourglass shape.
(pic #1). The more the curve, the easier
it is to turn. Skis
with a shallower side cut carve longer turns and skid
easier at the back end.
This measurement tells a lot about a ski's
Skis that are wide in the center are more stable and
easier for learning on. Narrower skis are quicker in
turns and more controllable.
length is usually determined by weight, but also skill
and style too. Check with the ski stores chart for more
information. For a quick check you can see if the tip
of the ski is about the same height as the top of your
head. This can reduce the time to find the right size.
can make a big difference depending on your ability.
Beginners want a soft, wide ski to help teach proper
form when carving. A softer ski is more forgiving in
Intermediate skiers should use stiffer skis to make
tighter turns and control their speed. They are narrower
at the tail and center. Experts use even stiffer skis
to transfer their body weight evenly to the ski's for
greater speed in races.
This is the outer part of the ski, usually
made from carbon steel. It provides the grip on hard
The thinner the edge, the more flexible and responsive
the ski will be.
This is the surface of the ski that contacts
the snow most of the time. Most bases are made from
a polyurethane material for durability and glide
- Be careful if you're thinking of buying used skis.
Bindings go out of date, and boots may be hard to find
that fit them.